A Guilty Pleasure


October 21, 2009 by esarsea


At 53 years I’m certainly not part of metal music’s target demographic. Consistent with that observation, there are a number of metal acts that I do not care for. This is especially true with any number of bands (be it real or a marketing ploy) who deal in satanic and/or demonic stuff. I’ve got no room in my life for those kind of influences, even if it is, “Just music” as some might say. I actually feel quite strongly about stuff like that. For example, I won’t even allow a Ouija board in my home….and it’s non-negotiable, period. But that’s a whole other topic for another time. 

Back to music. I have grown to appreciate what I consider to be quality metal. Angry, in-your-face, extra-hard rock music that’s full of attitude and energy. A sub-genre of hard rock pioneered by the likes of Pantera. Music with an overall nastiness but still featuring high-quality musicianship and vocals, including screaming/growling and the occasional F-bomb, as long as it’s not overdone.

I’ve found a couple bands that fit that description that I really, really like. One is Killswitch Engage, and the other is Five Finger Death Punch.

FFDP has released their sophmore offering, War Is The Answer that I can’t seem to get away from. It gets better every time I listen to it. Their debut album, The Way of The Fist is also an outstanding effort in my opinion.

I invite you to visit the Five Finger Death Punch website, and locate the player on the left margin of the page. From there you can click to play 5 tracks, 1 of which is from their new album.

I still love the Blues and Blues-Rock, as well as many other styles of music. But when I’m ready to throw down, Five Finger Death Punch rocks my world!

9 thoughts on “A Guilty Pleasure

  1. torqdog says:

    Stu, they’re coming to your neck of the woods on Nov 2nd. I’m in the middle of the tracks and so far they’re interesting. I may scoot up to Best Buy and make the purchase. I’d like to see the DVD.

  2. Bill says:

    Uh, my favorite metal bands to hate are Slipnot and the Insane Clown Posse. I find no redeeming quality or cultural value to their music or lyrics or general attitude and the kind of influence they try to put on their fans is dangerous, anti-social and just plain stupid. If they are the “voice” of a tiny, disgruntled portion of the younger generation, they are truly fucked! I had the same problem with KISS…and the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

    And don’t feel too strongly about the Ouija board ban. Your grandparents probably got on your parents for listening to Frank Sinatra!

    And, then, to the contrary:

    Frank Zappa:”I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone’s teeth get cleaner?
    — In response to Tipper Gore’s allegations that music incites people towards deviant behavior, or influences their behavior in general.

    • torqdog says:

      1910 Fruitgum Company? Which hat did ya pull that one out of. I saw that and started busting out laughing.

      What was that one-hit wonder they had anyway?

      • Bill says:

        I’m very sorry to report that they produced five or six albums in the 60’s-70’s and have reunited and are touring.

        This is really disgusting to me.

        Their hits were: Something that goes,”Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy!” -an obvious salute to oral sex, and “Goody, Goody Gumdrops,” a tip of the hat to pre-pubescent breasts and “Simon Says,” a direct salute to sex slaves caught in abusive S & M relationships. Deep stuff.

  3. torqdog says:

    Stu, since we’re talkin in your face metal here you might also try picking up Symphony X’s Cd, Paradise Lost. It has the typical metal demonic sounds but the guitarists are definitely a cut above. The vocals aren’t quite so gutteral either.

    I normally find this kind of music a little too angry for my taste but when in that metal mood, I have found Paradise Lost a nice bridge. Check it out ……… watch this video;

    Or maybe this one;

  4. esarsea says:

    I think it was “Yummy Yummy Yummy (I’ve got love in my tummy)” and man does that make me feel old…and a little twisted, to actually know that without looking it up.

    Symphony X vids were ok, but a little too prog-rock flavored for me (when it comes to metal). Very similar sound to Dream Theater, which by itself it not a bad thing. But just not what I want when I’m really in the mood for that angry, in-yo-face stuff. Still good though!

  5. hugh craig says:

    I also found FFDP to be a bit overwhelming at first, however upon closer examination and getting past the first few tracks I found my self glued to the cd deck. I sat in my driveway for at least 20-30 minutes. I now wake up and anticipate my drive to work. Seems like the song with the lyric “have you no honor, have you no spine” gets me every time. I serve proud and its good to hear songs like that.

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